October 10, 2013 1:00pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
ABC Orders More 'Shark Tank' (Exclusive)
ABC is has picked up two more episodes of Shark Tank, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. That brings the total order for season five to 24 episodes.
In this season of Shark Tank, the sharks -- Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban -- will offer budding entrepreneurs a total of over $20 million, a series record. (New York Giants chairman and executive vp Steve Tisch and Paul Mitchell mogul John Paul DeJoria also serve as guest sharks in season five.)
The additional-episodes pickup comes on the heels of CNBC's acquisition of off-network cable rights to the series, which consistently wins its time period in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Shark Tank, produced by Sony Pictures Television, airs at 9 p.m. Fridays on ABC.
This week's episode features singer Brian McKnight performing for the sharks when he joins an entrepreneurial DJ from San Diego pitching a syndicated radio show specializing in love song dedications.
Other entrepreneurs include a self-described "beach family" from Huntington Beach, Calif., who pitch distinctive skateboards that glide like a surfboard; a young man from Provo, Utah, with a smartphone QR code-scanning technology; and a father and his two teenage daughters who have invented an easy way to patch small holes in window and door screens.